Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Pros, and The Cons

thanks to everyone for bringing up the pro's and cons... I've already thought them over... I have taken gas mileage and insurance into consideration with the new vehicle, and heres the breakdown:

*Better gas mileage. I'd save almost $100 per month over what I'm spending on gas in my current behemoth
*The drivetrain is still under factory warranty for another 5 years and 54,000 miles
*maintenance, my current SUV is starting to have lots of little things going wrong with it. The thing is 11 years old and has almost 170,000 miles. I'm thinking its just a matter of time before I start having MAJOR problems with it.
*convertible top would allow me to tan my right arm as well as my left

*Insurance. there is a SLIGHT insurance increase, but its very minimal. Only about $15 dollars a month. I was suprised by this, but I guess because the Sebring is a 4 seater as opposed to a 2 seater, its classified as a sedan rather than a sports car.
*Having a car payment again. I paid my car off in January and it was nice to have it paid off for the past 5 months.

really, those are the only cons I can think of.
I don't NEED an SUV, so losing the space isn't a drawback. Actually, its more of a benefit because anyone who knows me knows that I allow way too much crap to accumulate in the back of my SUV. With the convertible, I wouldn't be able to do that.

I am doing a lot of research on the car, I'm not going to go into something like this blind and make an impulse purchase. I want to be aware of consumer satisfaction, ratings, reviews, all of that.


Anonymous said...

i would not drive an american made car if you paid me. PERIOD.

Vanessa said...
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Vanessa said...

thanks for the feedback.... can I ask why you're so against american cars?

Anonymous said...

because American car makers dont get it. I have owned American cars, and i have owned foreign, mainly Japanese made cars - Toyotas, Subarus, Mazdas, and by far my best cars have been foreign, low maintainence, HIGH mileage, great dependibility. My fav pick so far is Subaru. I have owned three of those. Right now i have a Mazda3 2006 - FUN car, but really wish i had gotten another Subaru. Love that all wheel drive. When i owned American made cars, i did nothing but put money into them. I owned Ford's (66 Mustang, first car, loved it, but didnt have the finances to keep it going) it was a Fix Or Repair Daily situation. American cars just do not hold up. You will get more bang for the buck buying otherwise.
Dont get me wrong, i am so Pro American, but USA has missed the boat on car making.

Tanya Kristine said...

well then. what the hell are you waiting for!!!

go down there NOW and buy it!! you'll love it..i promise. and you did good research too...you should be proud.

Tanya Kristine said...

well, and no doubt japanese cars are better. just get the bumper to bumper warranty like i did.

Anonymous said...

all mine so far have come with it.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you checked on the insurance thing. I didn't look into that when I bought my car in 04 and holy crap was I in for a shock.

Looks like you're doing your research. You'll make the right decision.

Shananigans said...

Don't forget safety ratings! With your propensity for being rear ended you’ll want to make sure you have airbags that work properly ;)